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Triple 9: One last adrenalized heist and all-star cast are wasted by plotless film

Though compelling in the acting and cinematography, Triple 9 stars Casey Affleck and its plot is by the numbers and about nothing.

Elevation

2 out of 4 stars

Written by
Matt Cook
Directed by
John Hillcoat
Starring
Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie
Classification
18A
Country
USA
Language
English

Although impressively gritty and in your face, John Hillcoat's adrenalized crime drama wastes an all-star cast (Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Norman Reedus and Clifton Collins Jr.) with its predictable happenings and bullet-fest fascination.

Kate Winslet is a blonde bombshell Russian mob boss – not making that up – who blackmails bad cops and ex-commandos into pulling One Last Heist.

The film's title refers to the police radio code for an officer down, a call which the gang uses to divert attention away from a poorly explained caper.

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Though compelling in the acting and cinematography, Triple 9's plot is by the numbers and about nothing. One waits for a sneaky plot turn, but there's no twist – not even a Chubby Checker cameo.

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